Our Staff

Brewster Hamm

President and CEO

About Brewster

Brewster began his relationship with MOWWM in January of 2013. Prior to that, he founded and led an Organizational Consulting firm, The Brewster Group, which focused on helping individuals and organizations to function more effectively. He also held a variety of leadership positions at Steelcase for over 20 years. When asked to join the MOWWM team, Brewster accepted with the knowledge of our mission being critical to keeping seniors healthy and independent. The demographics show that the need for helping seniors is growing at an astounding rate. He was eager to join in the fight against senior hunger and isolation. Within the next 20 years, seniors in Kent County are expected to double due to the aging of the Baby Boomer demographic. Brewster sees his role as being strategic in helping move the organization forward and as a barrier remover to assist in forward growth for the staff and the organization as a whole. Aside from Brewster’s commitment to serving the senior community, he is also an active member on the Board of Michigan Coalition against Homelessness, where he served 8 years as the Board Chair and 12 years as a member. “We have a great team! Without them we could not do what we do; last year over 450,000 meals were delivered to homebound seniors! I’m fortunate to have a job that I love and feel grateful every day for the opportunity to help our seniors thrive.”

Darin Hodde

Chief Financial Officer

About Darin

Darin Hodde, our CFO, started at MOWWM in June 2010. Before coming to the agency, he gained experience in many industries in the profit and not-for-profit arenas. When he came to MOWWM, he was looking for a position that enabled him to be making a difference in people’s lives. He feels that he has found that place here at Meals on Wheels. “All of our decisions are made with the impact to better the lives of seniors that we serve.” In his free time, Darin enjoys performing through barbershop singing with the Great Lakes Chorus, where he is the current Treasurer of the organization.

Lisa Wideman

Director of Operations

About Lisa

Lisa Wideman started at MOWWM in April of 2009 as Director of Operations after 12 years at Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. Her change in roles had largely to do with her wanting to make a more direct impact on the lives of older adults. Lisa loves working with the team to make our program better for our clients. Lisa, who has a B.S. in Foods and Nutrition from Michigan State University, is heavily involved in menu planning and ensuring our meals meet strict nutrition guidelines. “I can’t think of a better way to use my education and experience than helping older adults”, says Lisa, “I love this program.”

Steve Egerer

Food Service Manager

About Steve

Steve began working for MOWWM in June 2015. As the Kitchen Manager, Steve oversees the production kitchen from ordering to recipe development to managing the portioning and packaging. Steve’s history with Meals on Wheels is unique in comparison to others. He initially began his journey with MOWWM in May 2001, where he was the Commissary Manager, responsible for distribution to our dining hall meal sites. Once leaving in 2007, he continued his work in food service and senior issues by working with Agewell. Steve’s history and expertise in food service makes him a huge addition in providing our seniors with the best quality nutrition services necessary to remain happy and healthy in their homes. Steve hopes that MOWWM will “continue to grow and expand in West Michigan and to serve as many clients as possible through reduction of food cost and increased productivity.”

Tammy Mick

Community Programs Manager

About Tammy

Tammy Mick is the Community Programs Manager for Meals on Wheels Western Michigan, beginning her role in 2015. She ensures that our Dining Centers exceed the expectations of our funders and meet the requirements of our local Health Department. Tammy enjoys working with the aging population because of their interesting stories and diverse backgrounds. She believes that seniors have a vibrant energy that many may fail to recognize. The seniors she sees makes coming to “work” not a job but a lifestyle. “I love working here because it seems we serve a forgotten population that has driven our society for many years and as they pass the torch, we have the privilege to nourish the mind and body of the thousands of seniors we serve.”

Riana Pearce

In Home Services Manager

About Riana

Riana Pearce began her journey at MOWWM in 2012 as a volunteer delivery driver. While working towards her B.A. in Social Psychology she became interested in working with the elderly and thought this experience would be a perfect way for her to “test the waters” and also give back to the seniors in her community. “I was raised to believe that volunteering should be a constant in my life and knew I had a passion for serving the elderly.” Through Riana’s volunteering, she ended up building very strong relationships with many of the seniors, and her six month volunteering plan quickly turned into a year and a half of life-enriching experiences. It was clear that Riana had fostered a passion for MOWWM’s work when she was hired as a Client Assessor in 2013. Visiting with our clients and seeing the need in our community first hand reinforced her belief in the strong impact our program has on the lives of seniors. After two years as an Assessor, Riana was offered the position of Volunteer Administrator, which she held for a number of months before transiting into her current role as In Home Services Manager. “For me, my journey here has come full circle, and I am driven by my dedication to see that our seniors, the wisest of us all, receive the help and care they deserve.”

Danielle Simmons

Food Pantry Manager

About Danielle

Danielle Simmons started at MOWWM as the Food Pantry Manager in May 2000. Before pursuing this career, Danielle worked in retail and distribution for 10 years. Her background in the grocery business gave her the knowledge and experience to operate successful food pantries for the elderly. Danielle oversees all pantry operations, which includes: purchasing food orders, coordinating volunteer projects, maintaining all records, organizing food drives, coordinating Project Fresh (a farmers market program), and serving as a community liaison on related committees to coordinate efforts with other older adult programs. “I believe the food pantry is a blessing in many ways. With the rise in food costs, seniors need additional help to ensure they are receiving an adequate amount of food and nutrition. Our pantry is able to provide them with these needs.”

Dave Woudstra

Delivery and Distribution Manager

About Dave

In December of 2009, Dave began his work with MOWWM as a driver. His role has since gone through many changes, from a driver, to Distribution Clerk, to Congregate Supervisor, to Delivery Supervisor, and finally to his most current role as our Delivery and Distribution Manager. Dave specializes in logistics management. He oversees the details/scheduling/systems involved in MOWWM’s delivery processes, as well as manages the personnel required to do so. As a very mission-minded person, Dave feels right at home at MOWWM. Working with MOWWM has allowed him to be creative and have a focus that is in helping people. “I am a strong believer that access to food is a RIGHT, not a privilege.” As lifespans get longer and the senior demographic grows, “I would hope for a boundary-less culture both inside and out, where caring and compassionate agencies and likeminded folks all over the community come together with those of us at MOWWM and accept nothing less than making a space for all ‘at-the-table.’ I would hope for us to come together, and meet these challenges not with apathy, but rather with a zealousness, and a fundamental vision that all will ‘eat.’”

Sarah Mariuz

Development Administrator

About Sarah

Sarah began her role with MOWWM in January 2016. She came to Meals on Wheels with a Bachelor of Science in Public and Nonprofit Administration. Through finding her path at Grand Valley State, Sarah became drawn to the nonprofit sector where she is able to spend each day working for the greater good of her community. “I love working for a nonprofit. What truly draws me in is the culture. We each come into work every day with a similar mission and drive to care for something much bigger than ourselves. Nonprofits climb the ‘corporate ladder’ as a team.” As the Development Administrator for MOWWM, Sarah is responsible for executing the day-to-day operations of the annual campaign and capital campaign completion. With enthusiasm and drive, Sarah offers event management, database management, and committee development expertise to accomplish the mission and vision of MOWWM. Her role in nonprofit development further reflects her commitment to serving her community. Sarah is also an active member in the running community (RunGR), a member of Young Nonprofit Professionals of Grand Rapids, Young Professionals of Grand Rapids, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Krissy Thomas

Volunteer Administrator

About Krissy

Krissy began her journey at MOWWM in October 2016 after graduating from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Throughout her time at GVSU, Krissy was involved with a student-run volunteer organization called Alternative Breaks that brought together groups of students looking to give back to their community in different ways. Involvement in this organization, as well as her study of general communication behaviors, cemented her passion for people and the desire to help those in need. Krissy had been looking for a place like Meals on Wheels to begin her career in the non-profit world, where she is surrounded by like-minded co-workers whom are all working toward something bigger than themselves. She was drawn to the mission and wants to bring to light a community that may be too often forgotten, especially among young people. “Education is huge for me, if people simply know more about an issue, they are more inclined to help,” she says. As the Volunteer Administrator, Krissy strives to engage volunteers in the mission of caring and learning from the seniors in our community, as well as to further expand the involvement of volunteers within the organization. “For me, it’s the connections we make with others that give our lives meaning.”